10.06.21 Stevenson Stingray News

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Dear Stingray Parents and Guardians,

Our school district will be continuing the conversation regarding Equitable Access to Choice Schools in Mountain View Whisman School District at tonight’s Board of Trustees meeting. The overall goal of these conversations and meetings is to examine how we can address the underrepresentation of specific student groups (socioeconomically disadvantaged and English learner youth) by addressing barriers to enrollment and matriculation for these populations. I am grateful to the parent community, staff, and our school district for the level of commitment to equity and inclusion at Stevenson Elementary and our schools in MVWSD.

Please visit our Board of Trustees Board Meeting Agenda to preview the “The Road to Equitable Access to Choice Schools” presentation and for the Zoom meeting link to Thursday’s Board of Trustees Meeting. The agenda item also includes past board meeting presentations from last school year. 


Ryan Santiago

Principal, Stevenson Elementary




-No School - Monday 10/11 and Tuesday 10/12

-New Secretary - Kass Madrid

-Stingray Staff Filling Buckets and Boxes!

-On-Site COVID Testing for Students

-4th and 5th Grade Leadership Team

-Grab and Go Meals (Thursdays)

-Reporting Absences and Tardies

No School - Monday 10/11 and Tuesday 10/12

Friendly reminder that there is no school on Monday 10/11 and Tuesday 10/12.

New Stevenson Secretary!

We are excited to welcome our newest Stingray staff member, Kass Madrid!  Kass is our new secretary for Stevenson Elementary. She will be in the front office partnering with Renae Rhodes. Kass Madrid is looking forward to meeting all our stingray students and parents.

I would also like to take this moment to share a special thank you and appreciation to Renae Rhodes. She really has gone above and beyond in the front office to support our school community over the past month. Thank you, Renae!

Stingray Staff Filling Buckets and Boxes!

Last night, some teachers were able to donate their time and strength to fill buckets in the shape of boxes at Second Harvest! Teachers filled up 12 pallets which equals 720 boxes, which weighs over 18,000 lbs of fruits and veggies! On top of our daily job of supporting students and families, we also supported 720 other families. Go stingrays!! 

Practice Walkthrough For On-Site COVID Testing

Principal Santiago and some staff will be going to each classroom to walk through the protocols and practice procedures of COVID on-site testing. No swabbing will take place today, Thursday, October 7th. We are scheduled to begin on-site COVID testing with Concentric the week of October 18th. Please refer to the email sent on Wednesday, October 6th for more details regarding on-site COVID testing at Stevenson.

4th & 5th Grade Student Leadership

Is your child interested in making a difference on our campus and in our community? Do they have ideas about how to make Stevenson a more inclusive school? Is your child interested in planning, organizing, and running events to support meaningful causes? If that sounds like your kiddo, they should consider joining Student Leadership! 

Student Leadership is a teacher-facilitated, student-led group with the goal of serving our school and Mountain View communities while offering students an opportunity to lead that work. In the past, students have organized fundraisers for causes they care about, presented in classrooms about those topics, and led spirit week activities on campus. Students drive the whole process - they are in charge of making decisions together, planning, organizing, and executing anything they set out to accomplish during the school year. Ms. Alessi, Mrs. Bassett, and Mr. Kyle will be there to support them throughout, but the students run the show!


This year, Student Leadership will meet on Thursdays after school from 12:30-1:30pm (students will be able to eat lunch together from 12:15-12:30pm) and will be open to all 4th and 5th Graders.


Each student who would like to participate will need to complete an application and return it to Mr. Kyle in Room 9 by Friday, October 15th. Applications can be found with your child's classroom teacher or in Room 9 with Mr. Kyle.


Students Leadership will begin meeting after school on Thursday, October 21. The location of our meetings is to be decided and will be based on the number of students who sign up and where we can fit everyone. 

Grab and Go Meals on Thursdays -Minimum Days (Repeat)

Our school cafeteria provides grab and go meals for students after school on Thursdays. The meals for Grab and Go are only for Stevenson Elementary students. We are unable to provide meals to children that do not attend Stevenson. If you would like a meal for your other children that do not attend Stevenson, Castro Elementary is our district’s location to provide meals to children in our community.

Reporting Absences (Repeat)

Please call the office at (650) 903-6950 or email Renae Rhodes at [email protected] and Kass Madrid at [email protected] to report an absence or late arrival.  Provide the following information: date of absence, student’s name, grade and room number, reason for absence, name and relationship of the person reporting the absence.




PACT Pals is Back! (Repeat)

We are excited to bring back in-person PACT Pals! PACT Pals connects with outside vendors to organize after school enrichment programs. See available classes at pactpals.org. There are scholarships available, please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

PACT Pals helps organize outside vendors. The vendors are independent after school programs not affiliated with Stevenson Elementary school. Vendors are solely responsible for the children during class time, not Stevenson Elementary school or the PACT Foundation. 

This session is 10 weeks long. On Sept 27 morning, registration links will appear on pactpals.org.

Registration period: Sept 27 - Oct 3

Class period: Oct 13 - Dec 17

Math classes are virtual. Math classes have already started; their prices are pro-rated. You can register now at pactpals.org.




2021-2022 MVWSD School Calendar  

Tuesday, October 7th

-Board of Trustees Meeting - Zoom Link

Friday, October 8th

-Community Check-In with Superintendent Dr. Rudolph - Zoom Link

Monday, October 11th

-No School - Recess Day

Tuesday, October 12th

-No School - Staff Development Day

Wednesday, October 13th

-MVWSD Parent University - Zoom Link

Thursday, October 14th

-Superintendent’s Coffee with Stevenson at 9am - Zoom Link

Monday, October 18th

-District Equity Advisory Committee Meeting




Board meeting Preview: Oct. 7

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

  • Equitable Access to Choice Schools

  • Learning Recovery Plan Update 

  • Enrollment Update

  • ESSER III Expenditure Plan and Safe Return Plan

Agenda and meeting details are: http://mvw.sd/c54jS. The meeting is also streamed on www.youtube.com/mvwsd.

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Oct. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/sZD6Z. To plan ahead, please see this webpage for upcoming meeting dates: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/communications/news___events/connecting_with_the_community. In case you miss it, a video recording will be posted on this webpage.

Free Tdap vaccination clinic for grades 6-8 on Wednesday

Has your middle school student been vaccinated for Tdap? Vaccination for tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis (Tdap) is required by 7th grade in order to attend school. 

For the convenience of parents, the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health is hosting a FREE Tdap vaccine event:

Wednesday, Oct. 6 

4-7 p.m. 

at the Crittenden Middle School multi-use room

The vaccine is available regardless of immigration status. No insurance needed. For more information on immunizations needed for school, please see https://www.shotsforschool.org

Parent University: Supporting Math at Home Grades 3-8

Date and Time: October 13, 2021, 5:30-7:00 p.m.  Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu101321

Join Principal Heidi Galassi (former math teacher and coach), Instructional Coach Ranen Bhattacharya, and our friends from YUP, the on-demand online math tutoring app, to learn about how you can better support your young mathematicians at home. The math seed you plant now will blossom and help them to succeed in life whatever path they choose!

To submit questions prior to the event, go to http://mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

Note: While the title indicates that this will focus on students in grades 3-8, everyone is welcome to attend. Please also check out last year’s math-related Parent University event, which focused more on supporting the lower grades: Video (English) // Presentation slides (English)

COVID updates: Testing and PowerSchool uploads

Upcoming testing: Full-scale COVID pooled testing for students is coming this month. Please check your email for important information on this topic from MVWSD. Click here for a video showing what student testing will look like. 

PowerSchool Uploads: Parents, please take a moment now to upload to PowerSchool the important COVID documents that will help expedite students’ return to school after a COVID exposure. After logging in to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public, parents will be able to click on the “COVID reporting” icon to upload 1) students’ proof of COVID vaccination and 2) Past positive COVID test. Here’s how to upload. Let us know if you have trouble accessing PowerSchool.

Better Together: Seeking Multiple Perspectives

The focus of October’s Better Together infographic is “Seeking Multiple Perspectives.” When individuals examine issues from a different point of view, they are able to think more critically and question dominant beliefs. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

Online Wellness Center and October Wellness calendar

MVWSD now has a Virtual Wellness Center on mvwsd.org. At https://www.mvwsd.org/wellness, there is information on physical health, as well as resources for families, students, and employees about sustaining well-being and for accessing care when it is needed.

On the Virtual Wellness Center landing page, you will find Community Resources and monthly Wellness Calendars. The printable October wellness calendar features a tip a day to help you and your family stay well.

In the Physical Health section: Health Screenings, Teen Health Education, Vaccinations, Health Insurance for Children, Health Resources and Forms, as well as various other physical health related information.  

In the Mental Health section: Info on immediate mental health crisis needs, mental health literacy, and information on how to take charge of your mental health.

No school for students on October 11 and 12

Monday, October 11th is a recess day (no school for students and staff). Tuesday, October 12th is a staff development day, which means no school for students but a staff development/work day for teachers, school secretaries and 12-month classified staff.

Up the effectiveness of kids’ COVID masks
Please click here for tips. 

MVEF Relies on Parents Like You!

Please donate to MVEF to help us reach our annual $800,000 fundraising goal and raise an additional $300,000 to fund two ELA teachers to reduce class sizes at the middle schools in 2022-23. Please see the website at mvef.org for more information and to donate online. You can use your credit card to pay in monthly installments.  

Disaster Preparedness: Make a Plan

It’s important to take time to prepare for community disasters and emergencies. Asking a few questions of yourself will help guide the creation of an emergency plan:

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?

  2. What is my shelter plan?

  3. What is my evacuation route?

  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

  5. Have I updated my emergency plans due to COVID-19?

As you make your emergency plan, be sure to stay informed. Getting verified information from trusted sources is extremely important before, during, and after an event or emergency. Sign up to get free text or email alerts from AlertSCC, the County of Santa Clara’s official emergency alert and warning system.

Planning for the unexpected begins with the whole family and should be a household conversation. Ready.gov provides age-appropriate tools for parents and teachers to teach emergency preparedness to both kids and teenagers.

Joint Letter from county officials Dr. Cody and Dr. Dewan

Santa Clara County Health Officer and Director Dr. Cody and County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dewan emphasize the importance of in-person learning for our youth and offer ways to stay healthy. Click here for the letter. 

SMART Goals - Creating and Troubleshooting IEP Goals that Work

IEP Goals are written in very specific language and it can be difficult to see how the goals relate to concrete skills and goals for your child. Learn more about SMART Goals and how they work with Professor Anne Spillane of University of Massachusetts Global.

What: Parent Education Event and Discussion

When: Tuesday, October 19, 7-8:30 PM

Where: On Zoom, email [email protected] for link

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - Thursday, October 14th

You can change the life of a student! Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools. Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local community to a brighter future!

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

Date:             Thursday, October 14th

Time:             5:30 - 6:30 pm

Location:       Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)

Register:       REGISTER ONLINE

Questions:    [email protected]

Information:  MentorTutorConnection.org

Eviction Help Center at MV Public Library

The City of Mountain View hosts a help center at the MV Public Library with city staff, CSA, and Project Sentinel to provide residents with rent assistance, eviction help, legal resources, and other support services. There are multiple representatives that speak Spanish. The help center is available every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Public Library on the 2nd Floor, Room 205. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit mountainview.gov/COVID19HousingRelief

MV Public Library Event: Learn + Explore with Science Comics Author Jason Viola

On Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 1-2 p.m., join the MV Public Library for an interactive look at how Science Comics are made with graphic novel author Jason Viola. Recommended for children ages 7-12. Registration required: mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.



Noticias de MVWSD

Previa de la reunión del Consejo: Oct. 7

El jueves 7 de octubre a las 6 pm se va a reunir el Consejo Directivo. Algunos de los temas de la reunión incluyen:

  • Acceso Equitativo a Escuela de Elección

  • Actualización del Plan de Recuperación del Aprendizaje

  • Actualización de Inscripciones

  • ESSER III Plan de Gastos y Plan de Retorno Seguro

La agenda y detalles de la reunión son: http://mvw.sd/c54jS. La reunión también se transmite por www.youtube.com/mvwsd.

Reunión Comunitaria con el Superintendente el viernes

Por favor acompáñenos para la reunión comunitaria con el Sr. Ayindé Rudolph el viernes 8 de octubre a las 3:30 pm. Ingrese aquí para inscribirse: http://mvw.sd/sZD6Z. Para planificar, por favor visite esta página web para las próximas fechas de reunión: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/communications/news___events/connecting_with_the_community. En caso de que se lo haya perdido, se subirá el video grabado a esta página.

Clínica gratuita de vacunación Tdap para los grados 6-8 los miércoles 

¿Su estudiante se dio la vacuna de Tdap? La vacuna contra el tétano, difteria y tos convulsa (Tdap) es un requerimiento para 7mo grado para poder asistir a la escuela. 

Para la conveniencia de los padres el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Clara está organizando un evento de vacuna Tdap GRATIS:

Miércoles, Oct. 6
4-7 p.m.

en el salón multiuso de la Escuela Media Crittenden

La vacuna está disponible sin importar el estatus de inmigración. No se necesita seguro médico. Para más información acerca de las vacunas necesarias para la escuela, por favor visite https://www.shotsforschool.org

Universidad de Padres: Apoyo a las Matemáticas en el Hogar Grados 3-8

Fecha y Tiempo: 13 de octubre, 2021, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Enlace de registro: http://mvw.sd/pu101321

Únase a la directora Heidi Galassi (ex maestra y entrenadora de matemáticas), el entrenador de instrucción Ranen Bhattacharya y nuestros amigos de YUP, la aplicación de tutoría de matemáticas en línea a pedido, para aprender cómo puede ayudar mejor a sus jóvenes matemáticos en casa. ¡La semilla matemática que siembres ahora florecerá y les ayudará a tener éxito en la vida en cualquier camino que elijan!

Para enviar preguntas antes del evento, haga clic aquí. Haremos todo lo posible para responder a su pregunta durante la sesión.

Nota: Si bien el título indica que esto se enfocará en los estudiantes en los grados 3-8, todos son bienvenidos a asistir. Consulte también el evento de la Universidad para Padres centrado en las matemáticas del año pasado, que se centró más en los grados inferiores: Video (español) // Diapositivas de presentación

Actualizaciones de COVID: Pruebas y subir a PowerSchool

Próximas pruebas: Este mes empiezan completamente las pruebas COVID en grupo para estudiantes. Por favor revise su correo electrónico para información importante de MVWSD acerca de este tema.  Ingrese aquí para un video que muestra como será la prueba de los estudiantes 

Subas a PowerSchool: Papás por favor tomense un momento para subir a PowerSchool los documentos COVID importantes que ayudarán a acelerar el regreso de los estudiantes a la escuela después de una exposición a COVID. Después de iniciar sesión en https://ps.mvwsd.org/public, los padres podrán hacer clic en el ícono "Reportando COVID" para subir 1) prueba de vacunación COVID de los estudiantes y 2) Prueba COVID positiva pasada. Aquí es cómo subir. Háganos saber si tiene problemas para acceder a PowerSchool.

Mejores Juntos: Buscando Múltiples Perspectivas (folletos adjuntos al correo electrónico del 10/4)

El enfoque de la infografía de Mejores Juntos de Octubre es “Buscando Múltiples Perspectivas”. Cuando los individuos evalúan cosas desde otro punto de vista pueden pensar más críticamente y cuestionar creencias dominantes. Por favor vea los gráficos adjuntos a este boletín informativo, o visite https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

Centro de Bienestar Virtual y calendario de bienestar de Octubre

MVWSD tiene un Centro de Bienestar Virtual en mvwsd.org. En  https://mvwsd.org/wellness hay información de salud física, al igual que recursos para las familias, estudiantes y empleados para mantener el bienestar y para acceder al cuidado cuando es necesario.

En la página de inicio del Centro de Bienestar Virtual  encontrará Recursos Comunitarios y Calendarios mensuales de Bienestar. El calendario de bienestar de Octubre tiene un consejo diario para ayudarlo a usted y su familia a estar bien.

En la sección de Salud Física: Evaluaciones de Salud, Educación de Salud para Adolescentes, Vacunas, Seguro de Salud para Niños, Recursos y Formularios de Salud, al igual que otra información relacionada con la salud física. 

En la sección de Salud Mental: Información de necesidades inmediatas de una crisis de salud mental, literatura de salud mental y cualquier información de cómo tomar el control de su salud mental.

No hay clases el 11 y 12 de octubre

El lunes, 11 de octubre, es un día de recreo (los estudiantes y el personal no tienen escuela). El martes, 12 de octubre es un día de desarrollo del personal, lo cual significa que no hay clases para los estudiantes, pero es un día de desarrollo del personal/laboral para maestras, secretarias de las escuelas y personal clasificado de 12 meses.

Aumenta la eficacia de las máscaras COVID para niños

Haga clic aquí para obtener consejos

¡La MVEF depende de padres como usted!

Por favor, done a MVEF para ayudarnos a alcanzar nuestra meta anual de recaudación de fondos de $800 000 y recaudar $300 000 adicionales para financiar dos maestros de ELA para reducir el tamaño de las clases en las escuelas secundarias en 2022-23. Consulte el sitio web en mvef.org para obtener más información y para donar en línea. Puede utilizar su tarjeta de crédito para pagar en cuotas mensuales.

Preparación para un Desastre: Haga un Plan

Es importante tomarse el tiempo para prepararse para desastres y emergencias comunitarias. Haciéndose un par de preguntas ayudará a guiar la creación de un plan de emergencia:

  1. ¿Cómo voy a recibir alertas y avisos de emergencias?

  2. ¿Cuál es mi plan para el refugio?

  3. ¿Cuál es mi ruta de evacuación?

  4. ¿Cuál es el plan de comunicación de mi familia/casa ?

  5. ¿Actualizé mi plan de emergencia por el COVID-19?

Cuando haga su plan de emergencia asegúrese de mantenerse informado. Es extremadamente importante que, antes, durante y después de un evento o emergencia, obtenga información de una fuente confiable. Inscríbase para recibir alertas gratuitas por texto o correo electrónico de AlertSCC, sistema oficial de alerta y avisos de emergencia del Condado de Santa Clara. 

Planificar para lo inesperado empieza con toda la familia y debería ser una conversación familiar. Ready.gov provee herramientas apropiadas para la edad para padres y maestros para enseñar preparación de emergencia a niños y adolescentes. 

Carta Conjunta de los oficiales del condado Dr. Cody y Dr. Dewan

El Oficial y Director de Salud del Condado de Santa Clara, Dr. Cody y el Superintendente de Escuelas, Dr. Dewan enfatizan la importancia del aprendizaje en persona para nuestros jóvenes y ofrecen maneras para permanecer saludables. Ingrese aquí para la carta.

Metas SMART: creación y solución de problemas de metas del IEP que funcionan

Las metas del IEP están escritas en un lenguaje muy específico y puede ser difícil ver cómo las metas se relacionan con las habilidades y metas concretas de su hijo. Obtenga más información sobre los objetivos SMART y cómo funcionan con la profesora Anne Spillane de la Universidad de Massachusetts Global.

Qué: Discusión y evento de educación para padres

Cuándo: martes 19 de octubre, de 7 a 8:30 p.m.

Dónde: En Zoom, envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected] para obtener el enlace

Mentor Tutor Connection- Sesión informativa - 14 de Octubre

Tú puedes cambiar la vida de un estudiante! Ven y aprende como puedes ser un Mentor o Tutor voluntario en nuestras escuelas locales. 

No hay obligación de inscribirse como voluntario. Le invitamos a sólo venir y aprender más acerca de lo que hacemos. 

Todos los voluntarios deben ser graduados de la escuela secundaria.  

            Fecha:         Jueves, 14 de Octubre      

            Hora:             5:30 - 6:30 pm  

            Donde:          En línea a través de zoom (URL proporcionada al registrarse)

            Registrarse: Se puede registrarse en linea

            Preguntas:   [email protected]

Centro de Ayuda de Desalojo en la Biblioteca Pública de MV (folleto adjunto al correo electrónico del 10/4)

La Ciudad de Mountain View ofrece un centro de ayuda en la Biblioteca Pública de MV con personal de la ciudad, CSA y Proyecto Sentinel para proveer a los residentes con asistencia para el alquiler, ayuda con el desalojo, recursos legales y otros servicios de ayuda. Hay múltiples representantes que hablan español. El centro de ayuda está disponible todos los jueves de 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm en la Biblioteca Pública de Mountain View, en el 2do Piso, Cuarto 205. Para más información contacte [email protected] o visite mountainview.gov/COVID19HousingRelief

Mi Biblioteca Pública Evento: Aprende y explora con Jason Viola, autor de Science Comics

El martes 12 de octubre de 1 a 2 p.m., únase a la biblioteca pública de MV para una mirada interactiva de cómo se hacen los Cómics Científicos con el autor de novelas gráficas Jason Viola. Recomendado para niños de 7 a 12 años. Se requiere inscripción: mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.
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